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Junie B. Jones is a series of books aimed at elementary school audiences, written by Barbara Park. The "B." stands for "Beatrice," but she doesn't like Beatrice, she just likes B., and that's all. The stories are told in the first person by Junie B. herself, and all of the stories in the original series also include a brief letter at the end by Barbara Park, with illustrations by Denise Brunkus.

Junie B. was originally conceived as a character that was Not Allowed to Grow Up, but Barbara Park changed her mind on this matter and "graduated" Junie B. to first grade, with the latter books in the series released under the banner "Junie B., First Grader." There were a total of 27 books in the series, 17 in the original line and 10 in the "Junie B., First Grader" series, as well as a couple of supplementary titles. These were released approximately once a year until 2007.

No new releases were seen after Junie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny, and it was assumed that the series had ended, until Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff) was announced for and later released in August 2012. It was later revealed that Park had suffered a long battle with ovarian cancer and she passed away in November 2013, most likely putting an end to the idea of any more new releases in the series.

The Junie B. Jones series made ALA's list of the top 100 challenged books or books series from 2000-2009, related to complaints regarding the social values taught by the books and that Junie B. Jones is a poor role model, due to her poor spelling & grammar and mouthiness. This series has spawned multiple stage shows by TheatreWorks USA.

Junie B. Jones celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2012 and a full-color anniversary edition of the first book in the series, Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, was released in April 2012, with bonus material. The aforementioned Thanksgiving book was also released.

Junie B. My Valentime, marketed as a "companion book" to Mushy Gushy Valentimenote , was released posthumously on December 24, 2013 and is described as being 30 full-color cardstock valentines, 2 pages of stickers, and 9 pages of Junie B. musings on Valentine's Day.

In 2015, all of the books in the series were reissued in a new paperback format with a unified design across all of the covers and the "Junie B. First Grader" books issued under of the banner of simply "Junie B. Jones."

Nickelodeon is developing an adaptation of the books.

Junie B. Jones and her books contain examples of the following:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: In Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket, Junie B. is hot-and-bothered about an upcoming school field trip to a farm because she's scared of ponies. Reason? An unscrupulous babysitter let her watch a cable television program titled When Ponies Attack. Junie B.'s mother is not amused and wishes she would get over it, but when the father hears the title of the program covers his face, then bursts out in loud hoots of laughter, leading the mother to sarcastically comment that he's being a huge help. He ducks out of the room for what Junie B. calls a "time-out" and when he comes back apologizes to her, saying the show she saw was so ridiculous, he couldn't help it.
    • Similarly, in Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl, the principal laughs at Junie B.'s poem that got her sent to his office, and then apologizes.
  • An Aesop: To some extent, some of the books have a lesson from time to time. Whether or not Junie B. takes them to heart has mixed results.
    • "Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peeky Spying": Nobody is perfect, everyone makes mistakes, even grown ups, teachers are people too, and mind your own business.
    • "Junie B. Jones is not a Crook": Stealing is stealing, no matter how much you want something that isn't yours.
    • "Junie B. Jones is a Party Animal": Living rich and fancy is not all it's cracked up to be. Sometimes, it's best to be grateful for the simple joys in one's life.
    • "Junie B. Jones is a Beauty Shop Guy": Some skills you can't just learn overnight, it takes 'years and years and years' of practice. ...Unfortunately, Junie B. doesn't quite learn her lesson and still makes a grab for some safety scissors.
    • "Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren": Be yourself and don’t change who you are to impress people.
    • "Junie B. First Grader: Cheater Pants": Cheaters Never Prosper. The whole reason one should never cheat is so teachers can trust their students.
  • Adaptational Dye-Job: In the early books, Lucille is a brunette. After 2003, she is now blonde.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The stage show of Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, P.S.: So Does May includes material from Shipwrecked! presented in flashback form. It also includes a few other small additional scenes, such as a fantasy sequence of Junie B. imagining herself unwrapping and squeezing a giant a Squeez-a-Burp as her classmates and Mr. Scary cheer her on and Also sprach Zarathustra plays.
  • Adapted Out: Junie B.'s little brother Ollie is mentioned in the stage show production of Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, P.S.: So Does May, but not actually seen. Likely true for the productions of other titles from the series as well. This is most likely because all of the children are played by real kids and it would be more trouble than it's worth for a production of this type to try to cast a kid that young.
  • Afraid of Clowns: The eponymous character does not like clowns. She claims that "they are not normal people". In "The Yucky Blucky Fruitcake", a clown annoys her and she shouts, "Back off, clown!" However, she dresses as a clown for Halloween in "BOO...and I MEAN It!".
  • Agony of the Feet: Happens to Junie B.'s toe in Junie B., First Grader: One Man Band, when she kicks her mother's watering can that has a picture of a cow. Her sore toe then became a negative Chekhov's Gun during the story.
  • All Girls Like Ponies: Inverted. Junie B. Jones is scared to death of ponies because her babysitter let her watch a reality show on TV called When Ponies Attack. However, Junie B. still likes horses, as she, Lucille, and Grace play horses at recess every day. Played straight in Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy and Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime, where Lucille says that she has a pony.
  • Alpha Bitch:
    • Lucille switches between a mean popular girl and a good friend. Oftentimes she can be very haughty and bratty, but the rest of the time she shows that she is a genuinely good friend. She becomes more Alpha Bitchy in first grade, though.
    • May takes her place by the time Junie B. reaches first grade.
  • Annoyingly Repetitive Child: In "Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed", it's class picture day, and a photographer tells Lucille the kindergartner to say cheese. She answers, "Cheese, cheese, cheesie, cheese, cheese!" until he tells her to cut it out.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Baby Ollie often annoys Junie B.
    • Camille and Chenille’s brother, Neil, whom they call a "boob".
  • Are We There Yet?: In Beauty Shop Guy, Junie B. asks her dad "Are we there yet? Why aren't we there?" as they travel to the barbershop for her dad to get a haircut. It's kind of justified in this case, though, as Junie B. is confused because they're not going to their normal barber shop, but instead a beauty shop that was recommended to her father by one of his friends.
  • Berserk Button: Junie B.'s is when anyone refers to her as simply "Junie," and does not include the "B." To her irritation, May keeps pressing this particular button over and over and over..
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Lucille (blonde), Grace (brunette) and Junie B. (redhead).
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Junie B. often talks back to her family and teachers and throws tantrums if she can't get what she want. The First Grader books have May who's even worse than Junie B, and unlike her has almost no redeeming qualities.
  • Buffy Speak: A more childish version. Really, "Junie Speak" could be its own trope.
  • The Bully:
    • "That meanie Jim," who always bullies Junie B. It is revealed in Mushy Gushy Valentine that he is only bullying her because he has a crush on her.
    • In the first grade series, May constantly picks on and belittles Junie B.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When Junie B. is upset and crying because her white kindergarten graduation dress is covered in grape juice stains, of all people, it is that meanie Jim who gets everyone in the class to cover their own dresses in stains to make her feel better.
    • May lets Junie B. try her Squeeze-a-Burp during a Christmas party.
  • Catchphrase: Junie B. uses and reuses various phrases during the books. A LOT OF THEM.
    "My name is Junie B. Jones. The "B" stands for Beatrice. Except, I don't like Beatrice. I just like "B" and that's all." All of the books open with this line.
    "Wowie wow wow!"
    "Hurray! Hurray!"
    "That is a hoot, I tell you!"
    "[name/pronoun] am/is a lucky duck."
    "I hearded that [name/pronoun] is easier than my math!"
    "Hello. How are you today? I am fine." (When she gets in trouble)
    "HEY! WHO TURNED OUT THE LIGHTS?" (When she can't see)
    "My teacher's name is Mrs. She has another name, too. But I just like Mrs. and that's all." (in all of the kindergarten books)
    "I am not even scared of him, hardly." (When referring to her first grade teacher, Mr. Scary.)
    "The end." (when she's finished telling her stories to other characters and/or telling the truth)
    "[X] looked up at the ceiling. I looked up there too. But I didn't see anything." (In reference to when adults roll their eyes at someone)
    "Missy's my name when I'm in trouble."
    "... and I MEAN it!"
    "... And she [Grandma Helen Miller] said don't call her Helen."
    "Yeah, only..."
    "Plus also..."
    "Here's the problem..." (when she doesn't like something)
    "On account of..."
    "Dumb Bunny" (mostly mentioned in Junie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny)
    "She forgot my B again!" (when others don't call her Junie B.)
    "Boom.....Do the math"
    "That Grace" (instead of just Grace)
    "Speedy quick"
    "Only too bad for [X], because..."
    "Whoa! Wait! Hold the phone!"
    "Except not (actually) [name]"
    "CALL 911 CALL 911!!" (When in shock or scared)
    "After that......"
    "How did you do that Maxine. How did you do that" (Junie B. Jones is a Beauty Shop Guy)
    "Then Mother/Daddy said I'm not allowed to [do X] anymore. Only I never even heard of that dumb rule."
  • Censorship by Spelling: In Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, Junie B.'s mother looks at her father and says "I think someone is s-l-e-e-p-y." Junie B. tells her that she's a grown-up lady and she knows how to spell. "And so I am not one bit slippery. So there."
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Junie B. is rather... odd, even for a girl her age. Lampshaded by her grandmother, who says that she's a strange child after one of Junie B.'s comments.
  • Children Are Innocent: Junie B., while bratty, is naive and trusting.
  • Christmas Episode: Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells (P.S.: So Does May).
  • Companion Cube: Junie B.'s toys, including Phillip Johnny Bob (her stuffed elephant), Ruth and Larry (her Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls), and Teddy (her teddy bear), although she seems to be convinced that they're sentient. In “Aloha-ha-ha!”, she gets a Barbie doll and names her Delores.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Junie B. OWNED this one. Then again, she is just a kid.
  • Covers Always Lie: The back cover "Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake" says that Lucille had already got cupcakes before Junie B. got her fruitcake. Although this might be true, it’s not revealed that Lucille got cupcakes until after Junie B. got her fruitcake.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Lucille and Grace barely appear in the first grade series due to being in different classes, with the former explicitly choosing new friends Camille and Chenille over of Junie B.
    • Gus Vallony, the janitor, is a minor recurring character in the original series. He appears in the first book and unlocks the bathroom for Junie B. to solve her "emergency", and in the third book, she decides to go as a janitor on Career Day because of him. He appears less often in the First Grader books.
    • Principal. In the kindergarten series, Junie B. gets sent to his office rather frequently thanks to shenanigans that involve her (her own or other people's). In First Grader, she doesn't see him much.
  • Easter Episode: In Junie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny Junie B. and her friends decide to celebrate Easter at Lucille's house by having an egg hunt.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Junie B. dislikes her full first name, Juniper.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Juniper Beatrice Jones. She repeats at the beginning of every Kindergarten book not that she doesn't like Beatrice and that she just likes B, although she never actually says that she's embarrassed by her middle name.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Junie B. gets really upset if people call her "Junie Jones" without the "B."
  • Exact Words: In "Junie B. Jones is a Party Animal," one of the rules that her parents make about her having a sleepover at Lucille’s house is "no jumping”. Junie B. suddenly remembers this when she, Lucille, and Grace are jumping on a bed. She wants them to stop with her, but they say that they’re bouncing, not jumping, and Junie B. realizes that her parents never said that she couldn’t bounce.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Junie B. and Jim from Mushy Gushy Valentime onward, and later, Junie B. and May briefly at the end of Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells (P.S.: So Does May).
  • First Day of School Episode:
    • "Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus" has Junie B.'s first day of kindergarten.
    • "Junie B., First Grader: At Last!" has Junie B.'s first day of Grade 1.
  • First-Name Basis: "Grandma Miller said not to call her 'Helen'." In fact, Junie B. has placed herself on a first name basis with her grandmother, grandfather and at least a couple of the adults at school, though they always tell her not to.
  • 555: Lucille's grandmother's phone number. "Its name is 555-5555. It's hard to remember, because I keep forgetting the 5."
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: In BOO... and I MEAN It!, Junie B. scared of Halloween because of five secrets that Paulie Allen Puffer told her and said that she mustn't tell anyone else or her head will turn into a wart. The first of these is that real monsters and witches go trick or treating on Halloween, but don't wear costumes because everybody thinks they're already dressed up. "BUT THEY'RE NOT. THEY ARE WEARING THEIR REAL ACTUAL FACE AND CLOTHES!"
  • Full-Name Basis: Junie B. always refers to Paulie Allen Puffer and Bobbi Jean Piper by their full names.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: Subverted; most of the adults often say Junie B.'s full name whenever they get annoyed with her, however they use "B." instead of "Beatrice". However, they never call her Juniper.
  • Funny Photo Phrase: In "Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed", a photographer instructs Lucille to say "cheese" during class picture day, so she sings, "Cheese, cheese, cheesy cheese, cheese!" until he tells her to quiet down.
  • Gag Haircut: In Junie B. Jones is a Beauty Shop Guy, Junie B. does this to herself, her "talking" bunny slippers, and even her dog Tickle while she's playing with scissors and pretending to be a beauty shop lady. As a result, her hair ends up looking like a mess, making her extremely disappointed. Afterwards, her parents take her to the beauty shop barber to have her hair cut short in the end, making her happy again.
  • Genki Girl: Junie B. Jones. This is sometimes lampshaded by the characters, particularly Junie B.'s teachers.
  • Grammar Nazis: Some characters, especially Junie B.'s teachers, are shown to be these towards Junie B.
  • Good Counterpart: Jim serves as this to May, as he acts like an uncaring bully towards Junie B. for the most part, but was later shown to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. While May on the other hand is simply mean and selfish and that's it. And nothing (and we truly mean NOTHING) can change her.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: When Ollie is being born, Junie B. is home alone with Grandpa Miller. He smokes a cigar indoors at one point.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: José, being bilingual, sometimes drops Spanish words into the conversation. He says that he sometimes forgets whether he's speaking English or Spanish.
  • Halloween Episode: Junie B., First Grader: BOO...and I MEAN It! has Junie B. trying to prepare for and deal with Halloween after having been told a scary set of Little Known Facts by Paulie Allen Puffer.
  • Head Desk:
    • Junie B.'s father resorts to this after he and her mother try to console Junie B. about not being invited to Jim's birthday party in That Meanie Jim's Birthday and Junie B. says that she's going to move to the "It's a Small World" ride in Disneyland.
    • When Junie B. is graduating from kindergarten, Paulie Allen Puffer says an inappropriate rhyme during class. Junie B. says her own inappropriate poem, resulting in her being sent to Principal. When Principal tells Junie B. to recite her poem, he puts his head on his desk and laughs his ass off. He is then embarrassed by his reaction.
  • Ignoring by Singing: In That Meanie Jim's Birthday, when the kids all show their invitations to Jim's birthday party to Junie B., she closes her eyes and sings a loud song at them.
    Junie B.: It is called, "I Can't Hear You, You're Not Even Botherin' Me." I sang it at the top of my lungs. "I CAAA-ANNN'T HEARRRR YOU! I CAAA-ANNN'T HEARRRR YOU! YOU'RE NOT E-VEN BOTHERIN' MEEEE!" Then I kept on singing and singing that thing until they went away. Also, they did the cuckoo sign at me.
  • Inanimate Competitor: In Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, Junie B.'s school is having Pet Day and she wants to bring a pet, not a photo display of her dog. She plans to bring in a fish her grandmother caught (even after being told it's dead) and, when her grandmother takes the fish back, she grabs a fish stick out of the fridge. Mrs. handles the situation by looking up "pet" in the dictionary and asking Junie B. if Fish Stick fits the criteria (which, by Junie B.'s definition, he does). Fish Stick even wins "Most Well-Behaved".
  • Interclass Friendship: Junie B. and "that Grace" (who are everyday schoolgirls) make friends with Lucille in kindergarten. Lucille lives in a mansion with fancy clothing, imported goods, and massive amounts of money to throw at any problem. This especially comes into play in ''Junie B. Jones is a Party Animal" when the two wheedle their way into a sleepover at Lucille's house. Junie B. quickly learns that being rich is complicated.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • May, after Junie B. presents her new glasses to the class for show and tell, cruelly mocked her for them.
    • Junie B. spills grape juice on her graduation gown. After a failed attempt to hide it, it is referred to as a “clown gown”, resulting in her crying.
    • Junie B. butchers her hair and decides to wear two hats and a ski mask to school to hide it. Jim makes fun of her, so she leaves the room and cries.
    • Junie B.’s parents and grandmother yelling at her when she is afraid of monsters. We know monsters aren’t real, but their treatment of a FIVE-YEAR-OLD was a bit harsh.
    • Lucille mocking Grace for not getting extra valentine cards.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Paulie Allen Puffer, who often tells Junie B. stories that can't possibly be true, but she believes them anyway.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: In BOO... and I MEAN It!, Junie B. is scared of Halloween because of five secrets that Paulie Allen Puffer told her and said that she mustn't tell anyone else:
    • The first is that real monsters and witches go out trick or treating on Halloween, but everyone thinks that they're just in costume like everyone else.
    • The second is that you mustn't carve pointy, sharp teeth into your pumpkin or else it will roll into your room while you are sleeping and eat your feet.
    • The third is that bats like to land on your head and live in your hair.
    • The fourth is that black witch cats can claw you into "shreddle."
    • The final secret is that candy corn isn't really corn. Junie B. eventually comes to the conclusion that there's no way the last one can be true.
  • Last-Second Photo Failure: In Has a Monster Under Her Bed, Junie B. is getting her school picture taken by what she calls a "Cheese Man" and she is talking about how her grandpa had taken a picture of her once but she was not ready and wound up with one eye open and one eye closed. She demonstrates just as the Cheese Man takes her picture. Later on, when Paulie Allen Puffer tells her about how a monster can bite her head off, she scrunches her face, wrinkles her nose, and sticks out her tongue just as the Cheese Man snaps the class picture.
  • Literal-Minded: Junie B. sometimes misunderstands metaphors, such as in A Little Monkey Business when she thinks her brother is a real monkey after hearing Grandma Miller use the term when gushing over his cuteness or in That Meanie Jim's Birthday, when Grandma Helen Miller tells her that Jim is trying to "get her goat."
  • Little Known Facts: Paulie Allen Puffer often tells Junie B. very ridiculous (and often deeply unsettling) facts about the world.
  • Locked in the Bathroom:
    • In Yucky Blucky Fruitcake, Junie B. locks herself in the bathroom to practice throwing sponges at her principal at the school's carnival. She actually throws it at the toilet, but then her mother tries to come in. Panicked, Junie B. flushes it, and the sponge gets stuck in the drain, causing the toilet to flood the bathroom by accident.
    • Inverted in the first book. After a long time hiding so she won't have to take the bus, Junie B. desperately has to pee. Since she is at school after hours, all the bathroom doors are locked. She misunderstands what an emergency is and actually calls 911, but at least she finally got to go to the toilet.
  • Long-Running Book Series: First published in 1992 and continued until 2011, with a total of 27 books in the main line and three supplementary books until Barbara Park's death in 2013.
  • Loose Tooth Episode: In "Toothless Wonder", Junie B. has a loose tooth and she's worried that she might look like Sheldon's Uncle Lou, who lost most of his teeth due to poor dental care. She feels better once her classmates are proud of her (besides May), but she's still suspicious about the tooth fairy. At the end of the book, her baby brother Ollie grows his first tooth and the overjoyed Junie B. concludes that the tooth fairy gave her tooth to him.
  • Loving Bully: Jim to Junie B., in Mushy Gushy Valentime. Said character says that they say things to the crush because the crush started it.
  • Malicious Misnaming: May purposely calls Junie B. "Junie" without her "B" to upset her.
    • Jim calls Junie B. "Goonie Bird Jones" and she retorts by calling him "You Big Dumb Jim".
    • Junie Bumblebee.
    • Dumb Bunny.
    • Bird Girl.
  • Meaningful Echo: In "Junie B. Jones is a Beauty Shop Guy", Junie B.'s father makes a point that working at a beauty salon isn't a quick-and-easy skill, but takes "years and years and years" of practice. Later, after Junie B. Jones gives herself a disastrous haircut, a real hair stylist fixes it. When an impressed Junie B. wonders how the stylist could miraculously fix her haircut, the stylist answers "Years of practice". To which Junie B.'s father adds "Years and years and years".
  • Meaningful Name: A few books have established that Junie B. was born in June. This may or may not be why her parents decided to name her "Junie".
  • Messy Hair: Junie B. In the special anniversary edition of Stupid Smelly Bus, it was revealed that this was deliberate on the part of the illustrator, who initially drew a much spiffier Junie B. before realizing it didn't suit her character.
  • Mirror Character: Both Junie B. and May have the same type of stuffed elephant. Furthermore, although they dress up their elephants differently, they play with them in a similar way and make their talk using similar voices. Additionally, Junie B. figures out that May would like a Squeeze-a-Burp as a Secret Santa gift, which is something that'd she'd like too. Though the two state positively that they could never be friends with each other, it does seem like given time and the right circumstances, they could at the very least be frenemies.
  • Monster Clown: Junie B. dresses up as one for Halloween in BOO...and I MEAN It!.
  • Motor Mouth: Junie B. can be really talkative.
  • Mouthy Kid: Junie B. frequently snarks at the adults in her life.
  • The Musical: The TheaterWorks stage adaptation.
  • Nerd Glasses: Junie B. in the first grade series has glasses. She was terribly worried that she would look nerdy when she got glasses in Junie B., First Grader: At Last! In the end, her new friends supported her and helped her to see that her glasses were actually pretty cool.
  • New Baby Episode: In "Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business", Junie B.'s parents reveal that they're going to have another baby. When he's born, Junie B.'s grandmother says that he is "the cutest little monkey {she} ever saw", and Junie B. thinks her brother is actually a monkey. She starts telling her classmates the same thing. Junie B. is quite disappointed when she finds out it was just a figure of speech, but she feels better when she sees her baby brother for the first time.
  • No Indoor Voice: Junie B., who tends to get loud at times.
  • No Name Given: Junie B.'s kindergarten teacher, literally named "Mrs." (as Junie B. calls her), whose surname was never revealed in the kindergarten series. (She has another name too, but Junie B. just likes "Mrs.," and that's all.) Additionally, her first grade teacher is referred to as "Mr. Scary," which surely can't be his real last name.
    • Or maybe it is. Some teachers in children's series have very unusual names, or allow students to call them by a shortened version or nickname because their real name is hard to pronounce.
  • Noodle Incident: "Walking on cake is the funnest thing I love! 'Cause one time at a picnic, I stepped on my grampa's Little Debbie snack cake with my bare feet. And the creamy filling is very squishing between my toes!"
  • One of the Boys: Starting from first grade, Junie B. regularly hangs out with Herb, Lennie, Sheldon, and José.
  • Only Sane Man: Grace was the most grounded of the trio (between wacky Junie B. and richie Lucille) in the kindergarten series of the book.
  • Platonic Declaration of Love:
    • In Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl, Junie B. comes into the classroom to find that the other students have colored spots on their graduation gowns so that her grape-juice-and-marker-spotted gown won't stand out. Junie B. declares that she loves her classmates, which causes at least two of the boys to groan about how gross it is.
    • Subverted in the First Grader series. In Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten and Other Thankful Stuff, Sheldon tells the class that he and his family squeeze hands and say three particular words as part of their Thanksgiving tradition. Mr. Scary thinks the words are "I love you"; they're actually "Happy Turkey Day."
  • Playful Pursuit: In Dumb Bunny, Sheldon and Lucille have a schoolkid romance. At one point, Sheldon chases her around the school grounds, calling her a "springy little lamb." Junie B. thinks the nickname is hilarious, while May claims Sheldon is clearly trying to flatter Lucille into letting him win the grand prize of her egg hunt.
  • Playground Song: As you would expect, "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells" in Junie B. First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, P.S.: So Does May.
  • Potty Emergency: Junie B. goes through this in the climax of Stupid Smelly Bus, when she tries to open several bathroom doors at school, only to find them locked. Thus, she rushes to the nurse's office and calls 911 on the phone, 'cause she's having an emergency. When she finally runs out the school exit, a green fire truck, white police car and red ambulance drive up to the parking lot on purpose. Then the janitornote  stops her when this happens, but Junie B. convinces him that she's having an emergency, so he unlocks a girls' bathroom door for her.
    • Happens to another boy earlier on in the story, which is what prompts Junie B. to try opening the boys' bathrooms during her own emergency.
  • Prayer of Malice: A goofier example occurs in ''Junie B. Jones is (Almost) a Flower Girl" when Junie B., the backup flower girl, wishes on a star for the intended choice to get lice or something else that would allow Junie B. to take her place. Her mother, who overhears, makes her un-wish it.
  • Rhyme Theme Naming: Junie B.'s first grade class has twin sisters named Camille and Chenille. They invite Junie's other friend Lucille to play with them only because their names rhyme.
  • Rich Bitch: Lucille only some of the time. The rest of the time she's a Spoiled Sweet and legitimately good friend.
  • Santa Claus: Despite her sometimes cynical nature, Junie B. still believes in him and asks him for a Squeez-a-Burp at the end of Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, P.S.: So Does May.
  • School Play: The premise of Junie B., First Grader: Shipwrecked.
  • Secret Santa: Junie B. and her class are assigned to do this in Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells (P.S.: So Does May) and Junie B. is less than thrilled when she is assigned be secret Santa to her nemesis, May.
  • Secret Message Wink: In "Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime," Junie B. receives a huge valentine from an anonymous secret admirer, and tries to figure out who it is by thanking each boy in her class and very badly winking at them. She finds out it was actually Meanie Jim, who admits to teasing her because her funny comebacks make the class laugh. Mrs. catches them and reprimands them for teasing, and Jim secretly gives Junie B. a wink back.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Junie B. and Jim from Mushy Gushy Valentime onward.
  • Slumber Party: The premise of Junie B. Jones is a Party Animal.
  • Spiky Hair: Lennie spikes his hair with gel. Junie B. thinks it looks like a sculpture.
  • Spraying Drink from Nose: In Junie B. Jones and That Meanie Jim's Birthday, Junie B. and Lucille see chocolate milk come out of Paulie Allen Puffer's nose while he's laughing. Junie B. says she thinks it's called nose milk. Lucille is too disgusted to finish her cake, so Junie B. offers to take it to the trash and then eats it.
  • Strange-Syntax Speaker: Junie's command of English is a little off, even for a girl her age.
  • Teachers Out of School: Junie B. goes through this in Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying when she sees her teacher at the grocery store testing out a couple of grapes for quality-check and thinks that she's stealing.
  • Terrified of Germs: Sheldon Potts, to the point where he puts a paper bag over his head, until Mr. Scary tells him that not only will this not help, but is actually likely to just concentrate the germs.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Lucille, who was rather sweet sometimes, and a genuinely good friend in kindergarten, becomes a total jerk in first grade.
  • Tooth Fairy: In Toothless Wonder, Junie B. loses a tooth and finally puts it under her pillow on the same night her baby brother gets his first tooth. Junie B., having just learned about recycling in class, concludes jubilantly that she's found out what the Tooth Fairy does with teeth - she gives them to smaller children.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Junie B. gives herself a choppy haircut (or as she calls it, "sprigs") in the book Beauty Shop Guy Thankfully, it gets fixed at the end.
  • Tsundere: Mushy Gushy Valentine reveals that Meanie Jim to be a type A one, after it turns out he was the one who bout Junie B. the valentine signed as being from "your secret admirer".
  • Unconventional Food Usage: In "Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake", Junie B. realizes she hates fruitcakes after she receives one, so she finds another way to use it; as a cushion for a chair at the dinner table.
  • Unexpected Kindness: In "Junie B., First Grader (at last!)", Junie B. has recently gotten glasses and is worried that her classmates will make fun of her. With the exception of May (who laughs at Junie B.), the other kids compliment her new glasses and Herb even tells her that her eyes must be special to see out of them.
  • Unmanly Secret: In Beauty Shop Guy, Junie B.'s dad is a bit bothered at having to take Junie B. with him to the beauty shop because he doesn't want anyone to know that he's visiting a beauty shop instead of his normal barbershop. (His friend recommended the beauty shop to him.)
  • Unusual Euphemism: Junie B.'s mispronunciations of words, such as "pasketti" (spaghetti), "bestest" (best), "valentime" (valentine), "splode" (explode), "stomple" (stomp), etc.
  • Vacation Episode: Junie B., First Grader: Aloha-ha-ha! has Junie B.'s family take a trip to Hawaii.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Junie B., Lucille, and sometimes Grace in kindergarten.
  • Wedding Episode: The book Junie B. Jones is (Almost) a Flower Girl centers on Junie B.'s aunt's wedding. When Junie B. isn't picked as the flower girl, she has to find another way to make an impression at the wedding.
  • What You Are in the Dark: In "Cheater Pants", Herb lets Junie B. cheat on a test so she can pass. But the next day, neither of them feel good about the act and come clean to their teacher.
  • With Friends Like These...: Lucille dumps Junie as a friend in first grade, but with Grace, the only reason why they don't hang out is because she was put in another class and she sits with someone else on the bus.
  • What You Are in the Dark: In "Junie B. Jones Cheater Pants", Herb lets Junie B. cheat off his paper, to which she does without Mr. Scary even knowing. However, the next day, the two of them feel rotten for having done something dishonest behind their teacher's back and come clean to him.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Junie B. is afraid of roosters (because she thinks "they can peck your head into a nub"), ponies (because she thinks "they can stomple you to the ground and kill you"), and clowns (because she thinks "they are not normal people").
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: According to Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School, Junie B.'s mom used to be at a school called Brainerd Elementary in 1st grade between 1983 and 1984, despite the series itself being created in the early 1990s. At least her mother should have been said to be in first grade sometime in the 1960s or 1970s.
  • You No Take Candle: Junie B. has grammar problems due to her young age and hyperactive Genki Girl personality.